News Flash

26 Nov

There have been multiple blasts and firing and grenade lobbing in at least 7 locations in Bombay. I heard two three of those explosions. Check my Twitter feed for details and updates.

Edited to add: The Twitter feed on this blog isn’t updating quickly enough. For news as I post, go directly to my Twitter page.

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41 Responses to “News Flash”

  1. Chips November 26, 2008 at 11:40 pm #

    Thanks for the update. Am a bit afraid to call and wake up the parents to find out what’s happening. Will look for updates on your twitter feed.

  2. Aunty G November 26, 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    Is Dhruv OK?

  3. Orange Jammies November 26, 2008 at 11:59 pm #

    Chips: Sure. I’ll be updating for an hour at least. I do suggest you inform your folks before they step out tomorrow morning, though.

    Aunty G: Yes. He’s with his grandparents. I spoke with them.

  4. Chips November 27, 2008 at 12:03 am #

    OMG…OMG…OMG. I am afraid to refresh your twitter feed. But, thanks for updating. It feels like I’m watching a horror movie with just subtitles.

    Please please stop hurting my fav city.

  5. sukanya November 27, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    stay safe and hope your family and freinds are too.

  6. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    You’re ok…god this is terrible. Very close to the Oberoi was where I worked..took trains from VT everyday. Just tracked down my friends from work…why are they doing this to the lovely city?

  7. Shilpa November 27, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    Thanks for the updates. Just a very sad day. Hope everyone is safe.

  8. Aunty G November 27, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    Ta.

  9. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    Chips: My sentiments exactly. I’m somewhere between frozen and adrenalized. I’m a fifth generation Bombayite and love this city intimately.

    sukanya: So far, so good. Thank you.

    gooddaysunshine: I was at an art exhibit at the Oberoi just this morning. All I can be grateful for is that this didn’t happen on a weekend.

    Shilpa: It’s the very least I can do. Hope so too, but I just heard a third explosion. Sigh.

    Aunty G: You’re welcome.

  10. Chips November 27, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    South Bombay is my back yard. My parents stay in Cuffe and I have lived in and around Colaba for most of my life. I am feeling awful, right now.

    I can’t say enough how glad I am to get such up-to-date info from you. Thanks.

    Stay safe.

    Sorry if this sounds like a chat session!!

  11. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 12:53 am #

    Just heard a blast on live TV..NDTV…at the Taj… 😦

    This is really shocking

  12. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:07 am #

    Chips: I feel the same way, hon. Will keep you posted for at least a while longer. And chat away, if it makes you feel better.

    gooddaysunshine: It can’t be the one I heard. Wonder where that was. There’s war raging and it shows no signs of abating.

  13. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:20 am #

    Watch NDTV…apparently all phones were jammed and TVs were off from around 9 pm

  14. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    That’s in the Taj..sorry.

  15. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    gooddaysunshine: Not true. I was watching my SATC until 9.30 and have been on and off the phone since then too.

    Ahh..okay. πŸ™‚ (excuse the feeble smile)

  16. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    I’m confused about the Israeli angle…why would Israelis be against American and Brit tourists..

  17. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    gooddaysunshine: I wouldn’t believe that until it’s confirmed. The Israeli / Jewish references have been made by bystanders and eyewitnesses.

  18. Smitha November 27, 2008 at 1:41 am #

    OJ, In response to your question on twitter…. no, it is traumatizing not to know the details… thanks a lot for the updates… stay safe

  19. just another mommy November 27, 2008 at 1:42 am #

    Just read the news. Shocking to see!

  20. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:45 am #

    Smitha: Thank you. That’s good to know!

    just another mommy: Just when I think I’m beyond shock, my capacity to be shocked afresh surprises me.

  21. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:45 am #

    I don’t want to watch TV anymore…..its too depressing…Salaskar, Karkare…

    Sorry about hijacking this space..please delete the comments if you wish

  22. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:49 am #

    gooddaysunshine: Please don’t worry about it. This space, particularly this post, is for us to share, so go ahead.

  23. Chips November 27, 2008 at 1:53 am #

    I wish I had a giant band-aid to wrap around my city. It is surreal to just read and hear about what’s happening and not be there. Why can’t this be a sick sad nightmare, that we can wake up from. I feel so bad for families who have their loved ones caught up in this or are out in the city and yet to reach home. Why why why???

  24. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 1:56 am #

    Chips: And it ain’t even over yet.

  25. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    They’re showing a picture of a shooter..what could his motivation possibly be?

  26. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    Army is finally there..In the Trident.

  27. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 2:02 am #

    gooddaysunshine: Maybe he’s too deranged to have one. Cops are trying to enter the Taj, have been instructed to shoot at sight.

    People, I’ve reached my Twitter limit for the hour, so the Twitter folks are bumping me off temporarily. Will try to rest now. I can’t wish you a good night, but may we wake up to a saner morning. God bless.

  28. Chips November 27, 2008 at 2:21 am #

    Thanks OJ. You’ve been a real trooper in keeping us updated. Thanks a mil.

    Hope this madness ends soon.

  29. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    Chips: I hope so, hon. 78 dead at last count. I’m going to pray. Prayer flies where eagles never flew. Bye bye.

  30. gooddaysunshine November 27, 2008 at 2:26 am #

    Do get some sleep…I can’t get myself to turn in..take care and stay safe OJ. Hugs

  31. Smitha November 27, 2008 at 2:30 am #

    Thanks OJ. Prayer is all we’ve got .. bye

  32. grimescene November 27, 2008 at 5:08 am #

    This sucks.

  33. wordjunkie November 27, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Take care, OJ.

  34. Mish November 27, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I just read your twitter feed…thanks for all the information…its so difficult to get complete info without an indian news channel…the rest are just looping the save vdo…

    hope you and your family is safe! the Boy thankfully lives far from South Bbay – i don’t know what i would have done otherwise…

    take care!

  35. Mish November 27, 2008 at 7:37 am #

    same* vdo

  36. The girlfriend November 27, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    So glad you’re okay doll… and a and d and all your other loves ones too… And grateful for your blog, sending all my love and big big hug. And prayers for our city, xoxox

  37. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    gooddaysunshine: Didn’t happen, hon. Hug back.

    Smitha: I’m waiting for numbness to hit. It’s not hitting!

    grimescene: You’re telling me.

    wordjunkie: You too, wj.

    Mish: Did what I could. And let me know if you need me to check on anyone.

    The girlfriend: Thanks, babe. We’re all okay, physically at least. Just arranged blood for a friend’s uncle who got a bullet. Hugs.

  38. Mish November 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    No for now at least everyone I know is safe. I’m wondering if this is ever going to end. And life goes on as usual everywhere else. I doubt even half the people in my office are aware of what horror is going on in another part of their world.

  39. Orange Jammies November 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    Mish: I’m glad about the former sentence and not about the latter. I suppose distance–cultural too, not just geographic–makes it easier to dissociate. Besides, as a race we are now immune to horror. 😦

  40. Mish November 28, 2008 at 6:40 am #

    Yes it does. Its easy to dissociate when your not emotionally vested in the terror. Plus yea the latter holds true. We are getting immune.

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